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Mom Makes Her Toddler Go To The Potty Right In The Middle Of The Plane Aisle, And People Are Outraged

Date October 9, 2018 14:07

Mom makes her kid use the potty right in the aisle, passengers are horrified

Air travel with young children isn’t always easy. They may get overly excited, or terrified, or fussy during the flight and it may be difficult to calm them down. Emotion is one thing, but what should parents do when the child needs to use the potty right then and there?

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Passenger Shaming, a popular Instagram page, shared a picture of something no one wants to see on their flight.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Passenger Shaming (@passengershaming) on

According to the description, the whole situation went down like this: the mom put her child’s potty right in the middle of the aisle for the child to do their business. When the plane crew saw it happening, they told the mom it’s not OK to do that and asked her to use the unoccupied bathroom, to which she replied very rudely that she didn’t care.

Many people expressed their outrage and disgust about the situation in the comments. Here’s what some of them wrote:

Thing like this keep happening, because we get desensitized and normalize everything so we don’t “offend” people.
I m so glad you took this picture! Because that’s NOT ok, and the mothers response is NOT ok either! There’s hardly any respect for others. And language! God, no dignity!

Why would she want her child using the bathroom in front of a hundred strangers !!! To me she is invading her own child’s privacy. Disgusted with the parent

that child deserves more privacy and respect than this parent is offering...not even to mention the fellow passengers.

Interestingly, some sided with the mom:

Listen... I don’t even want to use the “lavatory” on a plane let alone a small child who has no concept on squat & don’t touch! She used a potty chair, what’s the big deal! I’d just look up and roll over back to sleep.

Can't believe all the negative comments, would you prefer the poor child did it on the floor?!!!! Potty training is hard work!

It’s not clear if further action was taken towards the woman in the picture.

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Going to the potty when traveling: a few tips

Young children can’t control their bladders and bowels as well as adults do, so for a child, using the bathroom can be a very urgent need.

Here’s how to make it comfortable (for the child and for others) and hygienic when traveling:

1. Your child should go to the potty before you leave for a long ride or flight, so you won’t be caught off guard in the middle of the ride or flight when your child has to use the potty again.

2. Provide age-appropriate assistance to your child when they are using a public bathroom during the trip.

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3. If your child uses a toilet bowl, not a potty, cover the toilet seat with a paper cover or toilet paper to protect them from germs. Help your child wash their hands with soap and water afterwards. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer.

4. If you have a portable potty and your child has to use it in the middle of the flight or ride, take your child to the lavatory to do that.

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Parents should be mindful of their children’s needs – no one can argue with that. But when they attend to these needs in public places, they should also be mindful of others.

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